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May 23, 2016

Vocal Revolution Crowned "Sing That Thing!" Champion

Lexington barbershop ensemble wins Season 2 of WGBH’s choral competition


BOSTON, Mass.-  WGBH’s Sing That Thing! named Lexington, MA barbershop ensemble Vocal Revolution the overall Season 2 winner. The finale episode will air Friday, May 20 at 8:30pm on WGBH 2. Sing That Thing! is the public broadcaster’s newest local series showcasing New England’s best amateur singing groups in a friendly competition that celebrates the diversity and joy of song.

“Congratulations to the men of Vocal Revolution, who brought their signature charm to our screens and sang their way into the hearts of our coaches,” said co-executive producer Patricia Alvarado Nuñez. “We’re so proud to shine a spotlight on the diverse voices from across New England on Sing That Thing!

Vocal Revolution won the adult group category by performing a mash-up of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The other category winners were UMASS Amherst’s Doo Wop Shop for college group and Mansfield High School Select Choir for high school group. To win the Sing That Thing! Championship, Vocal Revolution performed  “Almost Like Being in Love” from the musical, Brigadoon.

Vocal Revolution has been performing for 40 years as one of New England's top-ranked male vocal ensembles. Their members come from all walks of life, but share a passion for fellowship, making good music together and entertaining audiences. Vocal Revolution regularly competes against other barbershop choruses at local and regional conventions.

Twenty-four amateur singing groups from across New England were selected from a field of more than 80 groups. Over the course of eight episodes, Sing That Thing! introduced viewers to a variety of genres from the world of vocal music, including a cappella, jazz, spirituals, hip hop, show choir and classical. A live-to-tape semi-final and finale featured the top group from each category presenting their unique spin on a medley of selected songs. The series is produced by public media producer WGBH, in partnership with Emerson College and with WGBY (Springfield, MA,) Maine Public Broadcasting Network, New Hampshire Public Television, Vermont PBS and CPTV - Connecticut Public Television. The series, hosted by Boston Children’s Chorus artistic director Anthony Trecek-King, premiered on WGBH 2 in April.

The Sing That Thing! coaches – Larry Watson, Annette Philip and Jared Bowen – provided constructive feedback to each group and determined which advanced each round. Watson, an educator, lyricist and civil rights activist, is a professor in the Berklee College of Music ensemble department. Philip, a vocalist, composer/arranger and faculty member at Berklee College of Music, won the 2014 national Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Championship with her quartet, Women of the World. Bowen, WGBH News executive arts editor, hosts WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only local arts series.

Funding for Sing That Thing! is provided by The Boston Foundation, New England Baptist Hospital, MGH Cancer Center and Emerson College. Additional funding is provided by Eran and Yukiko Egozy.

More information about the series is available at SingThatThing.org. Join the conversation with fellow fans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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